Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Letter to the Chairman, CBEC regarding Inordinate Delays in deciding Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries

F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/30                                                    Date: 18.11.2014                               

To
The Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject: - Inordinate delays in deciding Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries – reg.

Sir,
        
          At the very outset, we wish to make it clear that we do not support any officer who willingly violates the rules/regulations and indulge in corruption.  However, wherever disciplinary proceedings initiated by the department, it is imperative that the proceedings are carried out in an expeditious manner as  delay effects moral of the officer and the performance of the department as well.  Moreover, timely completion of Departmental/Vigilance proceedings is in the best interest of the both officer and the department.
         
        From  time  to  time,  the Government of  India has  issued executive  instructions  to  further  streamline  the  procedure  for Disciplinary/Vigilance  Inquiries  in conformity  with  judgments  of  the  High/Supreme  Court.  Nevertheless,  there continue  to  be  instances  of  inordinate  delay  in  the  disposal  of  such  disciplinary inquiries.  At present, hundreds of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries are lying pending in different Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise, which needs urgent disposal in accordance with the guidelines/norms/rules framed by CBEC, DoPT and CVC.  Time norms specified by CVC for conclusion of disciplinary proceedings must be followed in letter and spirit.
            
           Sir, your kind attention is invited to Central Vigilance Commission letter No. 000/VGL/18 dated 10.08.2004 regarding adherence to time limits in processing of disciplinary cases wherein it has been mentioned that "Delay in decision-making by authorities in processing of vigilance cases would also be construed as misconduct under the relevant Conduct Rules and would be liable to attract penal action.  All administrative authorities are requested to take note and strictly adhere to the prescribed schedule of time-limits in dealing with disciplinary cases.”

           We take this opportunity to request your good self to order to review the position of all pending cases of Vigilance angle and Non vigilance angle and direct all the concerned authorities to dispose off the cases in time bound manner that too taking logical, acceptable and warranted decision in the matter.
                  
              In view of the foregoing, I take this opportunity to request your good-self to  sensitize the Disciplinary Proceedings machinery so that it has a human face with the employees.  The role of the vigilance department should not be reduce but to enhance the       level of the managerial efficiency, skill and effectiveness in the organization.    It is also          requested to order all the Cadre Controlling Authorities in Central Excise to complete the Disciplinary/Vigilance proceedings in time bound manner in accordance with various guidelines issued by the Government of India.
           
             Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General

Letter to the Chairman, CBEC regarding delay in DPC


F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/29                                                    Date: 18.11.2014                               

To
The Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject: - Fixation of single unified date of promotion across all Cadre Controlling Zones - request reg.

Sir,
          Please refer to our letters dated 28.10.2014 and even no. 28 dated 07.11.2014, vide which we had requested to fix a single unified date of promotion of Inspectors to the grade of the Superintendents of Central Excise across the zones under CBEC and directions in this regard may please be issued to all Cadre Controlling Authorities so that nobody suffers the loss of All India Seniority due to different date of DPC. 
          
        In absence of single unified date, the DPC process in many zones is not as smooth as the previous unified date of 30th September, 2014.    Sir, still many Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise have not conducted DPC for promotion of Inspectors to the grade of the Superintendents against the vacancies created due to promotion from the grade of the Superintendent, Central Excise to the grade of Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise & Customs vide Office Order No. 192/2014 dated 22.10.2014 issued by CBEC.  The Inspectors in these zones are in great fear of loss of Seniority and their poor future prospects, as they are facing great regional disparity due to recent Cadre Restructuring.
         
          Hence, in view of the above, it is once again requested to order all the Cadre Controlling Zones of the Central Excise to conduct DPC without further delay and it is also requested to order to fix a cut-off date for deciding the seniority of all the officers who are going to be promoted or have been promoted to the grade of the Superintendents of Central Excise due to above mentioned Office Order.
           
           Thanking you.                                                      
                                                                                                              Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Abhishek Kamal
                                                                                                             Secretary General

Monday, November 17, 2014

Important Organizational Issues


Dear Comrades,
       It has been brought to our notice that some of the previous Office Bearers of regional units of AICEIA, despite being promoted as Superintendents, frequently write letter to the  administration  in their respective Circle/Branch/Units on behalf of AICEIA. It is not only immoral but  illegal also. Such activities create confusion and weaken Association. As per the Article 10(3) and 10(5) of the Constitution of AICEIA, the membership of a member of the Association shall be terminated on  "on becoming the member of any other Association/Federation" and "Promotion" respectively. Hence, they have no right either to write such letters or attend meetings posing as the Office Bearers of AICEIA .  If any Unit/Branch/Circle face such situation again, report to us so that we can take suitable action on time.

       Comrades, please refer to our blog dated 17.05.2014.  Sh. Ajit Kumar KG, the then Secretary General visualize things well in advance and wrote about some ensuing welcome changes in the cadre and mentioned many ways to strengthen our Association. He clearly advised the regional leadership of the Association to ensure that there will be no vacuum in the Association.  Now, his anticipation is realty. Due to en masse promotions of our members across the country,  many posts of the Association get vacated in many Units/Branches/Circles.  Very few Office Bearers left in some Units/Branches/Circles and so it is difficult to carry out the day to day function of the Association.  It is, therefore, necessary to  fill the vacant posts of the Office Bearers at those places  so that no member (even posted at the remotest location of the country) has to suffer.  Election must be held immediately, wherever election is due.  If any post of Office Bearer is vacant, conduct a General Body Meeting/Executive Committee Meeting/Convention and take appropriate decision as per the Constitution of AICEIA.  You are requested to conduct these exercise at the earliest and necessarily before 25th December, 2014. Further, it is also necessary to keep us inform about all the steps of this exercise or problem (if any) faced in carrying out the exercise.  By this way, we will provide necessary help on time. This matter is of prime importance as the CEC Meeting is to be conducted very soon, which all the Units/Branches/Circles have to attend.

       An early action is highly solicited.

Yours fraternally,
Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General

Monday, November 10, 2014

Letter to the Chairman, CBEC reg. DPC and Seniority

F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/28                Date: 07.11.2014                               
To
The Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,

New Delhi-110 001.

Subject: - Fixation of single unified date of promotion across all Cadre    Controlling Zones - request reg.

Sir,

         Please refer to our letter dated 28.10.2014 vide which we had requested to fix a single unified date of promotion of Inspectors to the grade of the Superintendents of Central Excise across the zones under CBEC and directions in this regard may please be issued to all Cadre Controlling Authorities so that nobody suffers the loss of All India Seniority due to different date of DPC.  
          
        In context to above, it is also to mention that some of the Cadre Controlling Zones of the Central Excise has already conducted the DPC for promotion of Inspectors to the grade of the Superintendents against the vacancies created due to promotion from the grade of the Superintendent, Central Excise to the grade of Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise & Customs vide Office Order No. 192/2014 dated 22.10.2014 issued by CBEC.  Several Cadre Controlling Zones of the Central Excise have not conducted the DPC yet, which is causing fear of loss of the Seniority and undue sufferings and agony to the Inspectors.
        
        Hence, in view of the above, it is once again requested to order all the Cadre Controlling Zones of the Central Excise to conduct DPC without further delay and it is also requested to fix a cut-off date for deciding the seniority of all the officers who are going to be promoted or have been promoted to the grade of the Superintendents of Central Excise due to above mentioned Office Order.
          
          Thanking you.                                                
                                                                                                       Yours faithfully,

Abhishek Kamal
                                                                                                       Secretary General

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Newly elected Office Bearers of AICEIA, Madurai Unit


The General Body Meeting of All India Central Excise Inspectors Association, Madurai Unit was held at Madurai on 27th September 2014  The General Body Meeting was conducted successfully and the following set of Office Bearers have been elected to serve the members of AICEIA, Madurai Unit:-

President                                              :  Com. S. Krishnan
General Secretary                                 :  Com. K. Mahendirawarman
Vice President                                      :  Com. T. Dhakshinamoorthy
Additional General Secretary                :   Com. R. Maruthu Raja       
Joint Secretary 1                                  :   Com. L. Dhanabal Murugan              
Joint Secretary 2                                  :  Com. M. Joseph Jayaraj
Treasurer                                              Com. V. Thavamani                

Yours fraternally,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General    

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Letter to The Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance


F. No. AICEIA/ADMIN/2014/27                                       Date: 03.11.2014                               

To
The Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance,
Government of India,
North Block,
New Delhi-110001.


Sub: Request for Appointment – reg.
*****
Madam,
               Please refer to our letter even no. 12 dated 20.08.2014 on captioned subject “Cadre Restructuring- Regional Disparities in Promotions of Central Excise Inspectors to Superintendents- Extreme Disappointment of Cadre at Continuing Grave Injustice”.
         
               Madam, this Association is the only recognized Association to represent the largest workforce (i.e. Inspectors of Central Excise) under Central Board of Excise & Customs.  This Association once again invites your kind attention towards the acute stagnation in Inspector grade and the regional disparity in promotion of Inspectors of Central Excise to the grade of Superintendent of Central Excise among 15 Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise.  
     
     The CBEC has already started the implementation of Cadre Restructuring process without addressing the genuine grievances of the Cadre, resulting in mass dissatisfaction among cadre which will ultimately have negative results on the performance of the CBEC.

            It is humbly requested to give an appointment at your earliest convenience, so that we can make a presentation before yourself in person regarding our sufferings and the possible solutions to the acute stagnation and regional disparities in promotion.
           
            Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,



Abhishek Kamal     
Secretary General

Letter written to the newly appointed Chairman, CBEC


F. No. AICEIA/ADMIN/2014/26                                       Date: 03.11.2014                               

To
Shri Kaushal Srivastava,
Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Sir,
          We, on behalf of the members of All India Central Excise Inspectors' Association,  extend a warm welcome to you as the Chairman, Central Board of Excise & Customs, New Delhi.  We heartily Congratulate you on your appointment. 
          The Inspectors of Central Excise forms the largest and a vitally important cadre in the entire system of administration of indirect taxes in the country, is unfortunately also the most deprived in respect of prospects of career advancement.  We are confident that your presence will address the grievances of the largest cadre of the CBEC.
Sir, we also takes this opportunity to request you to give this Association some of your valuable time so that the core issues pertaining to this Cadre may be briefed and resolved at the earliest.

With best wishes! 
Yours faithfully,

Abhishek Kamal
                                                                                                        Secretary General